When is the last time you really spoiled your muse? No, not just let her/him take walks, attend classes, read books, and listen to music. I am talking about buying him/her things.
I write on plain notebooks most of the time when not on the computer. It is cheaper for me to buy than a leather-bound journal or more beautiful writing space. Even when I can afford it, however, I don't seem to splurge much. I don't know why.
Does it help to buy them? Well, somewhat. It makes me think my writing deserves more than what I write out the common grocery list with. It challenges me to do something more than free-write on such beautiful paper. It alters my feelings about writing when I feel I am too "sucky" to even walk the same Earth as the brilliant poets/writers I read. Plus, it brightens up my workspace.
I am NOT advocating shelling out hundreds of dollars on office supplies. But, occasionally, don't you deserve something nice for your craft?
Have you ever bought "prettier" things for your art? Does it change your thoughts when you're in the process/thinking about it?